Scottish title for Swords ace Julie
TEEN golf sensation Julie McCarthy matched the course record of six-under par 66 in the second round at Strathmore in Scotland last week to win the SLGA Under-16 Open Strokeplay Championship.
One behind on 72 overnight, the 15-year-old from Forrest Little, who also plays out of The Island, posted seven birdies for a six-under par 138 total and claimed the coveted trophy by three shots from Austria's Emma Spitz.
Spitz, a joint first-round leader, had a 70, and third spot went to England's Samantha Fuller (Roehampton) who repeated her opening 71.
It was just two years ago that McCarthy (pictured below) chose golf over football as her sporting passion - and she proved it was a good decision with a win in last year's Irish Girls Championship.
'I played football for Leinster but then took up golf,' explained the 2013 Fingal Independent Young Sport Star of the Year. 'I've still got another four years to do at school, but, eventually I would like to turn professional.
'I shot a 68 in the second round and finished fourth here at Strathmore last year, so it is definitely one of my favourite courses. I didn't hole any huge putts this time but made a lot from around the 15-foot range.
'This definitely has to rate as one of my best-ever performances.'
Introduced to the game by her father Ronan, Swords native Julie is coached by Sean O'Grady who is also in charge of the 19-year-old Maguire twins, Lisa and Leona.
'The twins are great and a real inspiration,' continued Julie. 'I get to meet them quite a lot and we were all on the same National Squad training camp earlier this year.'
Julie was also on the winning team in Scotland, alongside Niamh McSherry and Lisa O'Shea.